So after spending a fair bit of time around Ardintigh, I started going for wee jaunts around about.
I went back to Tarbet!
I actually went back there twice – once in a kayak and once on foot.
Really cool place, for such a small settlement it has a lot of feature and a lot of interest.
On the way to Tarbet there are many small ruins on the shore
In Tarbet itself, there are around three people living and working – some caretakers and a crofter. These people typically look after Cameron Mackintosh’s place and the holiday cottages that you see as Kylesmorar. The crofter looks after the sheep you see everywhere. I think there is also a boatman.
There is a big dark horse that oversees the whole show:
Sir Cameron Mackintosh has a castle there
I call it a castle, its more of a big mansion. This is his Highland getaway, in the centre of his estate. He found his wealth producing musicals and he is associated with some of the biggest musicals. He sounds like a great guy, he seems to have pumped a lot of money into the area and has supported the construction of the Marina and new visitor in Mallaig, which looks great. He has however had some local fall-outs and there has been a bit of controversy.
He held a huge party for one of the elderly chaps who lived at Tarbet, a bit of a character who defined the place. Tons of guests were invited, many of whom were locals who had never met Sir Mackintosh. Naturally they were curious who he was and were trying to guess which one of the well-to-do looking chaps he might be in their tweed jackets. As they speculated over his identity, they were served by a guy in jeans, t-shirt and dirty apron, serving food from a big canteen-style metal tray. They didn’t even realise they were being served by the man himself!
From that wee anecdote (and the huge amount of money he invested in the area), I think he deserves some respect.
But Tarbet generally is great, and everyone there is really friendly.